X,Y. Chart axis, not Chromosomes
Definitions and classifications
I have thought about the wide range of “definitions” and “classifications” of crossdressing and wondered if there is a better way than putting a name on how an individual my dress of see themselves. One question I recently saw was whether or not “pantie boys” are/should/could be classified as crossdressers. This also brings into question the definition of the term crossdressing. There are so many variations on the term, one only needs to Google “crossdressing definition” to confirm this and also realize there are just as many personal opinions.
Until quite recently, the term “Transvestite” was more widely used, but for me this word, that means to cloth in the opposite sex, holds a lot of negative connotations. From movies to television (shows and news), a guy dressed in women’s clothing is either laughed at or a phyco criminal and is always refered to as a transvestite no matter how little or how much he was dressed. I also find the shorter term “tranny” derogatory (oh my God…its a tranny!). But that’s just me. Some CD types don’t mind and call themselves as such.
Wikipedia has a pretty good page with a number of definitions from the T world (there’s another can of worms…do crossdressers belong under the umbrella of transgender terms… that’s for another time), but again, the definition is very broad (pun not intended).
Plotting a point on a chart
I have described myself as a “heterosexual crossdresser”, but this description does not give the reader any idea as to what I do when I participate in this activity. It could be, as I have mentioned before, as little as wearing nylons under my guy pants or as extreme as spending much of my free time fully dressed.
Here is an idea I have been playing with. A simple x,z chart. The horizontal x-axis is a measure of the frequency that one dresses. The vertical y-axis, a measure of dressing intensity. This chart would be for the use of those like myself, hetero-CD’s (don’t worry if you don’t fit this chart, I’ll explain later to be more inclusive).
Example 1 would be someone completely made up maybe only once a year. Example 2 dressed all the time as a full woman, ready to move off this chart and onto something else. 3 could be someone just experimenting with crossdressing and example 4, wearing something like panties all the time because they are comfortable. Most of the time I fall into the A box with the occasional time spent in the B box. Someone who was able to spend pretty much every weekend fully dressed would be in box C and maybe if you could just wear a blouse and skirt or a few other articles of feminine attire every week or two, they would be in box D. Or to put it another way (in terms of X,Y) I’m a hetero CD X2Y10. The partly dressed weekend CD, X7Y5.
Now, imagine if we added an additional dimension, Z, which would mesure….I’m not sure what to call it….but I imagine it going from hetero-CD (0) to fully transitioned (10), perhaps call it the scale of transgenderism. So, I would be X2Y10Z0. A fully transitioned woman would be at the opposite end of the Z scale and would be a X10Y10Z10. Oh, there, I went a put crossdressing in the TG grouping but I’m going to save that for another time.
Wondering if anybody has any thoughts on my whimsical charting? Where would you plot yourself?
Thanks for reading.